Kettering councillors last night unanimously agreed to look into whether a new swimming pool in the town would be feasible.
The current pool in the town opened in 1984 and with new pools opening in Wellingborough, Corby and Thrapston in recent years there are fears Kettering has been left behind.
Mike Annable, from Kettering Amateur Swimming Club, told the meeting on Wednesday (December 14) the current pool isn’t fit for purpose.
He said: “Swimming is England’s most popular sport by participation.
“There is a high amount of people travelling outside of the borough to swim.
“The facilities here are poor.
“Kettering Amateur Swimming Club has 200 members and believes that a new swimming pool can increase participation in swimming in the borough.”
The motion was moved by Labour leader Mick Scrimshaw.
He said: “I think most people would welcome a new pool.
“There has never been a better time for the council to take on projects like this.”
The council will now look to undertake a feasibility study, which Cllr Scrimshaw said would cost in the region of £25,000.
Deputy leader Cllr Lloyd Bunday said: “We have many aspirations and one of them is to improve leisure facilities.”